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Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 02-05-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 304
Posted By janewhite1
Thumbs up Healthy Baby Post-Nissen

Three years ago, I was in pretty bad shape. I had severe, near-constant reflux which produced everything from heartburn to sore throats to asthma attacks. Over the course of a year and a half, I...
Board: Pregnancy 05-19-2013, 03:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,249
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Confirmed to be 6 weeks pregnant.. is it possible to show already?

Wow, this is exactly what's going on with me. I'm FIVE weeks pregnant and already gaining. Five weeks pregnant means only about 2 weeks since implantation, but I've somehow put on three pounds in...
Board: Natural Disaster Sympathies and Support 11-04-2012, 05:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,373
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Hurricane Sandy

The gas lines are pretty crazy. A lot of the stations are still closed, but at the ones which are open, there is not only a long line of cars, but a long line of people on foot, wrapped up against...
Board: Natural Disaster Sympathies and Support 11-03-2012, 06:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,373
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Hurricane Sandy

Jennifer, thank you so much.

Just don't forget us, and don't allow the country to forget us. Until everyone has power back, until the critical rail lines are all working, until everyone displaced...
Board: Natural Disaster Sympathies and Support 11-02-2012, 10:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 11,373
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Hurricane Sandy

Things are very bad here still. I have power, but about half of my area doesn't. Relatives without power have moved in with us, which is stressful, although it's nothing compared to what a lot of...
Board: ADD / ADHD 11-02-2012, 10:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 683
Posted By janewhite1
Some interesting progress on meds

All my life, I've struggled to control my temper. Most of the time I succeeded, occasionally I failed. When I failed, other folks sometimes tried to help me. I was offered counseling, anger...
Board: ADD / ADHD 11-02-2012, 10:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 822
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Does the ADHD ever get better?!

Call your doctor and ask for something less expensive. There definitely are cheaper options, such as generic Ritalin.
Board: Fibromyalgia 10-14-2012, 08:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,022
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Flare but good news

Ah, babies! Have to admit, I'm a little jealous. Maybe soon!

Things are going OK with the doctor. The injections did help quite a bit. Also started a new medication, an SSRI. It seemed to...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-28-2012, 04:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,690
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Endoscopy normal what next

Sometimes they may try drugs other than PPI, such as Domperidone, Carafate, or even Zofran. In severe cases, they may try surgery.
Board: Fibromyalgia 09-26-2012, 06:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,022
Posted By janewhite1
Flare but good news

Hey, sorry I haven't been around the past week or two. Had a flare, and when I flare it tends to go into my neck, arms and hands, hence no computer work if I can avoid it.

Matter of fact, it's...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-26-2012, 06:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 873
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Gerd and chest and arm pain

Sometimes GERD pain can refer into the arm. But of course, I'm not your doctor, so I can't be sure what's causing YOUR pain.
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-26-2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 533
Posted By janewhite1
Re: What's the best and safest way to prevent bloating?

Diet.

If you have gastroparesis, you'll need smaller meals. Also, fiber can be a trigger, so try to limit it. Cooked veggies are easier on the stomach than raw ones. Don't eat too much fat,...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-26-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,690
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Endoscopy normal what next

Honestly, I had normal scopes, too.

A normal scope is good news, it means you don't have cancer, or ulcers on your stomach or esophagus. However, you might still have reflux.

Have you ever had...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-18-2012, 03:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 900
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Esophageal Manometry test, abnormal results, please help!

Normally, you are given a light sedative first. Then, the doctor sticks a thin tube into your mouth and uses it to place the BRAVO device inside your esophagus. The device is a little capsule that...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 09-16-2012, 08:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,176
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Recurring Ankle Problems

4 months? Probably that would count as failed conservative treatment, although there may be a few things left to try.
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-16-2012, 08:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 968
Posted By janewhite1
Re: PPIs. When to identify that they don't work

It shouldn't. Switching back and forth MIGHT even help them become more effective again.
Board: Knee & Hip Problems 09-16-2012, 08:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,241
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Knee trouble diagnosed as patellafemoral syndrome, suspect it is something else

That constant popping and instability does not sound normal, nor does the PT making it worse. Synvisc often does cause pain right after the shot, though.

I had knee pain for 13 years, since high...
Board: Fibromyalgia 09-16-2012, 08:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 733
Posted By janewhite1
Re: does your dr charge for records?

Under FEDERAL law (HIPPA) doctors must release your medical records to you. They may charge a reasonable fee for this service. $50 per page does not sound reasonable!
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-16-2012, 08:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 667
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Acid reflux help dont want surgery?

Do not be afraid of the endoscopy, it's not surgery. They just give you medicine to make you sleep lightly, then put a very thin tube into your mouth. I've had 3, it was not a problem.

Try...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-16-2012, 08:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,080
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Librax??? Anyone

Honestly, if I were you, I wouldn't be too quick to start PPIs. It can be hard to stop once you start them.

Give the Librax a try. Reflux isn't caused by stomach acid, it's caused by stomach...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-16-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,119
Posted By janewhite1
Re: GERD mimicking asthma

Definitely, this is very common. Be sure to address the GERD with both medicine and dietary changes, to get it under real control.
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-16-2012, 08:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 968
Posted By janewhite1
Re: PPIs. When to identify that they don't work

Definitely, it sounds like your PPI isn't working or isn't working adequately. Assuming you're at least making a reasonable effort with the diet, avoiding your major triggers, it's time to go back...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-16-2012, 08:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,330
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Can ppi's make LPR worse?

Actually, I truly believe that for some people they can. The throat is very sensitive to acid, and no amount of PPI can completely shut down the production of stomach acid.

However, reducing the...
Board: ADD / ADHD 09-16-2012, 07:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,162
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Sixty and Still Need Meds

Some people really do benefit from taking the meds forever. I was diagnosed at 19 and took them only for a couple of years. I think I could still benefit, but I hate the side effects.

Bottom...
Board: Allergies 09-16-2012, 07:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 706
Posted By janewhite1
Re: allergic to alcohol

Are you Asian? Has this been happening since you first started drinking, or is it a new development?

If you're Asian and it's always happened, you may have "genetic alcohol allergy." My husband...
Board: Allergies 09-16-2012, 07:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 605
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Allergies vs alcohol

Alcohol increases blood flow to the face, which is why people's faces turn red when drunk. If your sinuses are already swollen from allergies, this can make things worse.
Board: Asthma 09-16-2012, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,948
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Is it true? Tylenol can make asthma worse :(

Aspirin, Advil, etc can cause asthma attacks in sensitive people. (Only a fraction of people with asthma are sensitive to these medicines.)

There is some evidence that Tylenol can make it more...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 09-16-2012, 07:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,176
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Recurring Ankle Problems

Yes, if a ligament is completely torn, surgery is usually the best option. (If it's only partially torn, conservative measures usually work if applied correctly from the beginning. Conservative...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 09-16-2012, 07:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,483
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Ankle Sprain Cont.

Well, the boot is very warm and insulating. If it's warm where you work, that could definitely worsen the swelling.

You could ask your doc about wearing a compression sock under the boot, or...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 09-14-2012, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,484
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Is a knee walker helpful after ankle arthrascopy?

Sounds like a reasonable plan. If it's just a simple scope, without too much work done inside, you should be walking in days to a couple weeks. I was walking quite well with boot and cane just 2...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 09-13-2012, 05:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,176
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Recurring Ankle Problems

No, pain a year after a sprain is not normal. It's a sign things haven't healed normally. Is there any way you can switch to a different PCP, possibly one with a more aggressive attitude toward...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-13-2012, 03:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,892
Posted By janewhite1
Re: When is best to take ppi drugs for LPR (for sore throat)

Most people have no side effects from PPIs, but the "rebound" is real. If you take them for 2 months and then quit, about half of patients will feel worse than they did before for a few weeks.
Board: Colds & Flu 09-12-2012, 06:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 935
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Is it harmful to have more than one flu shot?

Getting it twice shouldn't do much harm. And it takes about 20 minutes for the nurse or pharmacist to prepare the shot, I doubt she could have gotten it while you were in another part of the store,...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-12-2012, 06:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,892
Posted By janewhite1
Re: When is best to take ppi drugs for LPR (for sore throat)

If it seems like most of the reflux is happening at night, then it might indeed help to take it either before bed or before dinner.
Board: Cancer: Breast 09-12-2012, 12:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,013
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Can your GP tell the difference?

Definitely, you need the mammogram to be sure. Maybe they'll even do a biopsy. However, some benign lumps have a different shape or texture from cancerous lumps, so a doctor with some experience...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 09-12-2012, 12:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,484
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Is a knee walker helpful after ankle arthrascopy?

The knee walker is easier to get around on than crutches, and your foot isn't hanging down quite so low, so it doesn't swell quite as much.

Do not get the Invacare brand, however. It's unstable...
Board: Fibromyalgia 09-12-2012, 11:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 584
Posted By janewhite1
Re: juggling doctors

Yes, I definitely know what it's like to be shoved from doctor to doctor. I fired my rheumy on about the third appointment, since he kept trying to prescribe the same drug AFTER I had an allergic...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-12-2012, 07:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 803
Posted By janewhite1
Re: GERD or Low Stomach Acid?

It happens to thin folks, too. I had bad reflux with a BMI of 20.

After 2 months, about half of patients will have some degree of rebound. However, it can usually be managed by tapering.

The...
Board: Digestive Disorders 09-11-2012, 08:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Schatzki Ring diagnosed in 1999

It's always fun when you get to expand your doctor's knowledge, isn't it? (Sarcasm.)

Still, glad you got the referral. An endoscopy in the US tends to cost about $1000 without insurance,...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-11-2012, 08:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 803
Posted By janewhite1
Re: GERD or Low Stomach Acid?

Low stomach acid is more common in older folks. Young folks tend to get GERD from lifestyle factors combined with weak LES.

Thing about PPIs, they can cause "rebound" symptoms after you quit, so...
Board: Nail Problems 09-11-2012, 07:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 966
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Slammed nail in car door HOLE APPEARED

Yes, your nail will fall off and a new nail will grow in underneath. The entire process will take a few months, and at some points your fingernail will look very strange. Still, it should look fine...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 09-11-2012, 07:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,176
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Recurring Ankle Problems

See an orthopedic surgeon who is a board-certified foot and ankle specialist. You may need to be in a solid brace for a while to let it heal. Or, it might require surgery. Either way, that's who...
Board: Birth Control 09-11-2012, 07:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 18,705
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Is it normal to get your period in the middle of your pill pack?

If you take your pills on time every day AND use condoms, pregnancy is pretty much impossible. With 2 reliable methods, it's not a whole lot more likely than winning the lottery.

Mid-cycle...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 09-11-2012, 07:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 951
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Exercise After a Modified Brostrom

Do not run yet. That puts a lot of strain on the ligaments, and if you fell or tripped before the ligaments are completely healed, you could tear the repair. However, a bike (especially stationary...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 09-11-2012, 07:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 631
Posted By janewhite1
Re: test for H. Pylori

Definitely, the breath test is most accurate.

Also, you can't have Pepto-Bismol (bismuth salicylate) for 2 weeks before the test, since that will cause false negative results.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 09-11-2012, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,650
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Fracture Blister Treatment

For now, your foot is wrapped and covered. I would leave the blisters alone, since covering them and leaving them alone is the best way to prevent infection.

Keep your foot elevated as high as...
Board: Digestive Disorders 09-11-2012, 07:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Schatzki Ring diagnosed in 1999

The stuck-in-your-chest feeling is definitely a sign of an esophagus problem such as schatzki's ring. However, it can be easily fixed. A doctor can dilate the ring by endoscopy (sticking a tube...
Board: Fibromyalgia 09-11-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 703
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Please help!

It could be fibro. I often have symptoms like that, and I do not have any cognitive symptoms of fibro.

However, do make sure that you have bloodwork to rule out autoimmune conditions, since...
Board: Fibromyalgia 09-11-2012, 07:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 624
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Not knowing what is Fibro sympton or something elese to worry about?

I agree. That doesn't sound like a typical fibro symptom. It could be just sinus pressure from allergies, or it could be something else, so I'd get it checked out.
Board: Cancer: Throat 09-11-2012, 07:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,517
Posted By janewhite1
Re: Is it Tonsil cancer?!

Cancer tends to slowly progress over a period of weeks to months. Your problem appears to be coming and going. It could be that you're prone to throat irritations or infections right now. The ENT...
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